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July 20, 2017

Summit Snapshot: How Out of Home Advertising is Using Data Responsibly

Innovation at DAA Summit 2017...

Digital advertising never stops innovating -- take, for example, the out of home ad market.

As out of home (OOH) advertisers find new ways to embrace digital tech, they are increasingly relying on the bread and butter of digital advertising: data. And as leaders in out of home advertising look to a data-based future, they are also proactively dealing with questions around privacy -- a novel issue for what is perhaps the ad industry’s oldest medium.


Photo:  Billboards… reimagined. A fun mockup from our friends at Outdoor Advertising Association of America

To characterize this evolution, innovators helping rejuvenate the industry spoke at DAA Summit 2017, shedding light on how out of home is increasingly resembling online and mobile interest-based advertising (IBA) in its application of data while planning for privacy.

The very notion of out of home ads using data may be counterintuitive -- billboards might be considered among the most static and nonspecific forms of broadcast advertising. Taking aim at such misconceptions, panel moderator, Stephen Freitas, chief marketing officer at the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), began by asking panelists -- all of them practitioners in the field (no pun intended) -- the simple question, “...

July 18, 2017

Summit Snapshot: ‘Brand Champions’ Address Brand Safety and the Consumer Engagement Value Exchange

Heard at DAA Summit 2017...

In a panel titled “Brand Champions: Brand Safety and the Consumer Engagement Value Exchange,” attendees at this year’s Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Summit heard from leaders in digital governance, who spoke about how and why well-known brands are innovating to engage with consumers through choice and transparency made possible by DAA program participation.

“How has digital governance evolved over recent years? Has the DAA self-regulatory framework offered an effective, flexible way to meet consumer expectations while enabling innovation?” asked David Buzby, director of government relations at the Association of National Advertisers, who opened the afternoon panel and served as its moderator.

Jonny Silberman, director of digital strategy and innovation at Anheuser-Busch InBev, said ideal adtech and data partners demonstrate a “proactive approach” to privacy and that DAA compliance is “a prerequisite for us to play within the space from an innovation perspective.”

“One of the signals that we’re starting to look to in terms of identifying vendors is not only have they checked all their boxes from a privacy perspective,” Silberman explained, “but are they involved within the privacy community, are they engaged and are they having the conversations to push the industry forward? Those are the people we want to partner with in the long term.”


July 6, 2017

Summit Snapshot: DAA Accountability Partners Offer 10 Tips for DAA Principles Compliance -- And More

A day before this year’s Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Summit 2017, we held our inaugural “Digital Advertising Accountability Workshop,” which provided the latest insights in responsible data collection and transparency through a series of engaging presentations and panel discussions.  We were able to offer Continuing Legal Education credit in eligible states, an added benefit for attorneys that also heard practical compliance advice for their clients’ benefit. We thank our workshop partners at the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), Data & Marketing Association (DMA), IAB Tech Lab and Network Advertising Initiative -- as well as our counsel at Venable LLP -- for helping us pull this program together.

The following day, a panel of compliance practitioners -- Genie Barton, vice president and director of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC) Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program and president of the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust; Xenia “Senny” Boone, senior vice president of corporate and social responsibility at the Data & Marketing Association; and DAA Counsel Michael Signorelli, partner with Venable LLP -- gathered on stage to summarize the workshop’s most important points for those attending the summit.

Here are the ten takeaways for staying on top of compliance with DAA Principles.

#1. “If in doubt, ask us”

This is what Genie Barton calls the “...

June 26, 2017

Summit Snapshot: Policymakers are Noting the Good Work of DAA

Recently, representatives of the ad industry have seen not just increased recognition, but an embrace of the Digital Advertising Alliance and its program among officials, especially as debates about privacy are reviving in Washington and elsewhere. Acceptance of support for advertising self-regulation in the United States appears to be growing.

Take one example from a policymaker address at our most recent DAA Summit 17 (June 13-14, 2017) in Lansdowne, VA.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) provided an enthusiastic recorded statement there, underscoring the greater interest that lawmakers are taking in the potential of the digital realm, financed by advertising, and in responsible industry players participating in self-regulation programs such as that of DAA.

The Senator, first elected to Congress in 2013, commended the development of privacy principles embodied in the DAA program “that are becoming critical and that more consumers are becoming aware of.” Such recognition of the importance of self-regulation demonstrates growing appreciation among lawmakers for what goes on in the in the digital ad space, but also the realization of diligent education efforts on the part of industry representatives and associations. (DAA conducted its first informational Hill Day on June 15, immediately after the Summit, with more than two dozen industry participants.)

“All of us love [...] the doors that are opening because of the digital world that we live...

June 13, 2017

New Survey Shows Strong Support for ‘YourAdChoices’ Icon and Program

Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, once said, “Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

Covey’s statement holds particularly true in the world of advertising, as the impact of an ad depends not only on a compelling message but also on the consumer’s confidence in the advertiser and the way the ad was delivered.

The founding organizations for the Digital Advertising Alliance – 4A’s, AAF, ANA, CBBB, DMA, IAB, and NAI – knew that the success of the emerging digital advertising industry would depend on building a high level level of trust with consumers, so they created the DAA as a program to give consumers transparency and control over the collection and use of their data for interest-based advertising.

This week, as we kickoff our annual gathering of stakeholders in digital advertising, DAA Summit 2017, we plan to look back at some of the lessons of the last seven years and begin to chart a course to extend our proven model to the next generation of technology and business models emerging into the market today. The theme of the Summit –  “Furthering Consumer Trust Through Dynamic Self-Regulation...


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